Tanzanian group’s factory in Mozambique to start operations in 2011

21 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 Oct – The wheat processing factory in Nacala owned by the Tanzanian business group Bakhresa should start operations in 2011, one of the project’s directors told the Mozambican newspaper O Pais.

The US$30.4 million project is mainly meant to transform wheat grains into flour. It was approved last 7 January by the Planning and Development Ministry via the Office for Accelerated Development Economic Zones (GAZEDA).

Agostinho Sunzuane told the newspaper that at the current work pace the factory should begin operating in 2011 and would have an initial capacity to process 200 tonnes of wheat per day, making it the sector’s biggest operator in Mozambique.

In a first phase all the wheat to be processed will be imported from countries such as Australia, Germany and Russia. Sunzuane specified, however, that the company did not reject the possibility of promoting that crop in Mozambique.

The Tanzanian group has held exclusive rights to import wheat from Europe and Asia to Malawi since 2009 and has invested US$18 million to build six silos in the Mozambican port of Nacala to store the wheat before shipping it by road or rail to that country. (macauhub)